By Gino Salomone Special to Published Sep 09, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Elijah Wood seems to be an actor who picks each role he does on what his gut tells him, not what an agent may push for.

Best known for the "Lord of the Rings" films, he has done a surprising amount of voice work. He now voices the character of #9 in the movie "9," a hauntingly beautiful stop animation film made by director Shane Acker.

Wood's character, #9, becomes a sort of leader of a group of rag dolls in a post apocalyptic world.


Gino Salomone Special to

Gino Salomone has loved movies and entertainment since he was a boy on Milwaukee's Northwest Side. He squinted from the glare of the movie lights that his family shot as a child, and his proudest high school accomplishment was a 30-minute "feature" he made for John Marshall High School.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Mass Communication.

Salomone created a business called Rerun Reunions through which he booked personal appearances for actors from "Gilligan's Island," "The Brady Bunch," "MASH," and from "Saturday Night Live."

Salomone has one screen credit, the Lab Technician in "Naked Gun 2 1/2." He was cut out of two other movies. Hollywood has not called since.

He is also the movie critic for WISN-TV where his feature, "Gino Goes to the Movies" airs on the weekend newscasts. He also reviews movies for the Dave and Carole Show on 96.5 WKLH radio. His interviews have been used by E! as well as the TV Guide Channel.